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on the table. the president will be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate will resume legislative session. mr. levin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. order in the senate, please. the senator from michigan. mr. levin: we hope that cloture will be voted now. we've disposed of 119 amendments to this bill. i talked to the majority leader. and if we do vote cloture tonight, which of course senator mccain and i hope we will, we're still going to try to clear some additional amendments using the same process we've used up to now. and we would hope that we could clear some additional amendments right up to the time of final passage. we've asked the majority leader, hopefully we can get to final passage tomorrow at some point. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 hereby move to bring to a close debate on s. 3254 for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the department of defense and so forth and for other purposes. signed by 18 senators. the presiding officer: by unanimous cons
particularly want to thank you, we need to take action. congress needs to come together and take action to protect the safety of our children. we must do better. there have been too many episodes in which children's lives and others have been lost that we must figure out ways to do things, to act to prevent these types of tragedies. this conversation must include a discussion about the culture of violence that preemanates our culture today, including the glorification of violence to our children and young adults. we see too much of this violence and it has to have an impact on young children. we need to know how we can responsibly deal with this circumstance. must include a discussion of the mental health services provided to americans, including our students. many of us have talked about this in the past. we have to be more aggressive in dealing with the mental health needs of all the people in our community. and as chairman leahy pointed out, we must discuss the issue about the ready access of individuals to weapons. now, i know there are different views in this congress. i must tell
and colombia export agreements. hopefully our bipartisan actions today to boost exports to russia will signal a new chapter, for us to engage as a congress and with the administration in a much more ambitious and proactive trade policy. i'm pleased this bipartisan bill received such broad support from republicans and democrats in the house, getting 365 votes, and i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to now support this legislation before us. thank you, madam president. i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan is recognized. mr. levin: madam president, i understand now under the existing unanimous consent agreement that we are going to be proceeding to debate a judge. i would ask unanimous consent that immediately after the disposition of that nomination that i be the first democratic senator recognized when we return to the pending trade bill. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the senate will proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 676, which the clerk will report.
there's a break in the action, fans come up to me and say, hi, max, good to see. we start talking about football. but often turned to washington, especially the fiscal crisis. not once did someone say, don't do this, don't raise my taxes, don't count my favorite program. not once did i receive a parochial treaty request. my montana bosses told me again and again, max, just get it done. you guys need to work together. just get it done. i was really almost stunned at the unity and the intensity with which people spoke to me, get it done. now, these folks didn't ask for stalemates. they didn't ask for influx of billy. they didn't ask for our leaders to dig in over ideological things. they are pragmatic. american people want congress and the president to work together. they want us to tackle these challenges. keeping with the football theme, i want to show the words of vince lombardi, the famed actress -- packers coach wants it people to work together win. whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problem of modern society, end quote. this is a simple lesson, one we all learne
by executive action or legislative action, we will convene such a commission. but, mr. president, i want to make very clear i am not offering this idea as a substitute for any action that we can take now, any action that the president can take now, for instance, with regard to the existing laws that are aimed at preventing people who shouldn't have guns from having them, keeping guns that really are military and are not part of hunting or sports shooting off the market. anything the president can do, anything congress can do. now, i would support a restoration of the assault ban today. these are weapons developed by our military originally, not by private industry for hunting or sport shooting purposes. they shouldn't be sold. we have got the background checks in the brady bill. if you attempt to buy a gun from a licensed federal firearms dealer, why shouldn't that exist for people who would buy a gun at a gun show, where incidentally terrorists we know have bought guns. so anything we can do quickly we ought to do. but i also think that a commission will make sure that we won't let the
. given the extensive series of emergency action committee reports and diplomatic security spot reports, that indicated that the security situation in eastern libya was coming from that to worse why was the state department unprepared for an assault. especially on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in the united states history. the report provides the beginning of an answer when it states that there was a pervasive realization among the personnel and the special mission was sent a high priority when it came to the security related requests. the security was not a priority just what was the priority of this department in libya and in benghazi in particular? but we should be careful not to focus our attention entirely on the tragic failure in benghazi and regard it as an isolated incident. one cannot look at the evidence and conclude anything other than what was a systematic failure for brard and more worrisome implications we cannot expect the same bureaucracy at the state whose management failures are now manifest to objectively review the departments organization procedure a
at the height of the crisis. while hud is already taken action to prevent provincial mortgage insurance fund for single-family loan, seek a better fund, -- [inaudible] suggests much more needs to be done to prevent such a draw. want to hear more today about the administration's actions and proposals to manage the risks to taxpayers stemming from their -- [inaudible]. what safeguards are in place to ensure -- [inaudible]. the administration's actions and proposals will not be sufficient to restore fha's fiscal health, and it plans to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle on the banking committee to find a bipartisan way to make that happen. now i will turn to ranking member shelby. i want to recognize his work of the ranking member on this committee for the past six yea years. this may be our last year together this year, and we'll have a new ranking member next year. part of our bipartisan record the last two years -- bipartisanship of this committee has been known for -- we have passed significant dose together in congress. and i thanked senator shelby for his service. with that,
with no intervening action or debate on calendar number number 830 and 832 in that order. that the motion to proceed be considered made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate and there would be no further motions in order. and any statements related to this matter be printed in the are appropriate place as if given and the president be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to a period of morning business until 1:45 p.m. today with senators permitted to speak up to ten minutes each. further that senator snowe be recognized at 1:00 p.m. for -- why don't we -- yeah, 1:00 p.m. for up to 45 minutes. finally at 1:45 p.m. the senate proceed to executive session as provided under the previous order. madam president, if you would rule on that. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: madam president, we hope that after the first vote this afternoon that we'll be in a position to enter an order that w
we take action we could take a fiscal or economic crisis that forces the cuts to the military priorities, steep and arbitrary cuts that are more coherent or prioritized. the question is can we and how do we achieve savings that can improve our fiscal outlook while meeting our national security needs. to quote at arnall mullen again, he said the pentagon budget was basically doubled in the last decade and in doubling the ability to prioritize to make the decisions to deutsch analyses to make trades. we also need a review of the defense strategy that makes sure that we are preparing for the threats and risks of the 21st century, not those of the past. the efforts on the longest lines to help advance the best ideas for improving our defense strategy. earlier this year, we've funded the project by the simpson center that brought together 15 defense experts to examine our strategic defense priorities in some detail and how they should be reformed. today we announce a new coalition for the fiscal and national security. the coalition chaired by admiral mullen includes national's seni
to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate, and that any statements related to the measure be printed at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. so ordered. mr. begich: madam president, to conclude, this is the coast guard reauthorization bill, a bill that's taken a little while to a work out but has incredible value obviously for my home state of alaska, for your home state of washington, but really for the country to make sure we have the right elements for our coast guard and it's very exciting to see it's now moved from this side and we anticipate the house will accept. so thank you very much, madam president. i note an absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from delaware. mr. coons: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. coons: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate co
lugar -- but because of dick lugar's vision, careful negotiations and decisive action, indianapolis became a model for other cities are across the nation. when the law took effect in 1970, indianapolis' population rose from 476,000 to 793,000. moving from the 26th-largest city to one of the nation's dozen largest cities literally overnight. when i think of the numerous, positive changes in indianapolis over the past 40 years, i see the fulfillment of the vision of then-mayor dick lugar. now, the midwest has a way of producing men and women of sense and decency. not all of us fall in that category. sometimes that sense is questioned. but we do have individuals who have the ability to see to the heart of a matter and to resolve and find a way to resolve a problem. such skill is extremely valuable in the united states senate, a body that by its very designing -- design is posed to foster compromise between legislators on issues before the nation. and so it was a natural progression that following his success as mayor, dick lugar's next job would be serving hoosiers as a united states s
to apply for the deferred action program announced by the administration, but that program would simply give her a reprieve without the security and certainty that she needs to advance and continue her schooling. that is the path to citizenship that our dreamers need and deserve. so that they can go to school, serve in our military, give back to this country, earn their citizenship through deeds. not just words, but deeds that make us all proud and contribute to the quality of life in our nation. that's what they want to do, is to earn citizenship that so many of us take for granted and that so many people in this country have as a birthright without the effort that she will devote to becoming a united states citizen. we have great citizens born here, who value and prize their citizenship. but solange is one who deserves a path and the ability to earn it through her deeds and her accomplishments in school and afterward. on this human rights day, i thank this body for giving me the honor. it is an extraordinary honor to say how much human rights mean in this country. we are the paragon o
use the word speculator for the index fund with i will move on. the process of the no action letters you've got market participants who are trying to complete the work ahead of the compliance date, and then at the 11th hour the date is extended. certainly it would be better if it were extended prior to the 11th hour. by understand the cftc has been issuing new letters and temporary relief exempt of orders and they tend to come in at the 11th hour. it can be frustrating for those who don't know until that 11th-hour whether that document will be issued to you think the full implementation schedule with adequate time for compliance would be more appropriate, or in the alternative to post a full no action letter until all of the dodd-frank rules are finalized? in general what can be done so that companies don't have to wait until the 11th hour? >> with respect to debt of both its completed in 2011, one year ago. and when they were completely said the compliance would be july 15th or 17th of this year. we extended the general compliance of that until about this time. so now they have had
with no intervening action or debate. and i would just add -- and i will be brief because i don't want to take from my colleagues' time. again, what this bill does is provide more stem visas than the previous bill. it producers an entrepreneurship visa which the other bill doesn't and it does not take away existing visas which the senator from texas doesn't like but many other people find popular, good and necessary. the unemployment of those on the diversity visas coming in is much lower than that of the national average. and so if we want to pass a pure stem bill without extraneous provisions added by people who are antiimmigration because they don't want to see any net increase in immigration, i urge the support of our bill, and i move the bill. the presiding officer: is there objection? the senator from texas. mr. cornyn: reserving the right to object. the problem with the senator's proposal is that this piece of legislation he has referred to has not passed out of committee in the senate. it has not passed the house. this bill, the stem act, has passed the house. it has a two-year sunset provisio
with additional questions but also actions that are appropriate in ways that we might work together a collaborative flee to support the u.s. efforts and what is a very challenging and dynamic security humanitarian and diplomatic context. thank you very much for your testimony. we will take a brief break while the second panel comes. >> we would like to now turn to the second panel one today's hearing about mali and the path forward. our second panel will include mr. niikwao akuetteh and joining us live this is our first attempt at live testimony by google [inaudible] i suspect nobody has testified by this, the thing i didn't know existed. so my thanks to the technical assistance and the policy support of several very capable folks who made this happen. dr. fomunyoh you may begin and we appreciate your testimony today >> thank you, chairman to an and ranking member isaacson pivot on behalf of the national democratic institute, have the opportunity to discuss the political developments in mali. today crisis is two-thirds of the country which is humanitarian and has admitted for under
is fiscal economic conservatism to meet to discuss that as well as a new action team on the help the president and ceo cefaratti. >> first i want to think the congressman and the center for joining us. we have to give the press conference. we are here representing the people in for the pound and stop there on both parties that have been trying to clear the tea party movement will take a look. we have two weeks and the potential is still going to be www bought again, the people are speaking to give most of the republican congressman and senators made a pledge not to grover norquist but to the american people not to raise taxes, and my wife is a teacher. i have heard more excuses changing rell how you can get out of the new tax pledge to was made and it doesn't matter in the year the you made it we've been in touch with the people that represent and stand behind the new tax pledge and they know who they are. they select top leaders that want to come in and we can get the whole house and senate and they know who they are and want them to know our organizat
drug smugglers off the coast of california. our thoughts are with his family and friends. his actions and service remind us of the danger that the task of the men and women of the coast guard do on a daily basis. and that's why it was so important that we pass this reauthorization bill. we couldn't have done this reauthorization without the many hours that senator begich put in to help it get across the finish line. and he knows how important the coast guard is to the men and women of the pacific northwest and to my state of washington. the coast guard is part of our maritime culture in the pacific northwest and this bill helps the coast guard watch over our people and our businesses and protect our coastline. and in there, i'd like to offer or expound on three provisions that were particularly helpful for us in the northwest. one, this legislation helps protect the polar sea and ice breaker based in seattle. it helps clean up tsunami debris hitting the west coast and it analyzes the potential of a tar sands super tanker in our waters off of washington state. in october of this year,
exercise in its new decisive action training environment that emphasizes combined arms maneuver against a combination of irregular and neither fear conventional opponents. the second element of our defense strategy is to maintain our force projection where we need it. in the middle east and in the asia-pacific region. the asia-pacific region is obviously an area of growing importance for our economy and our security. in the middle east, obviously represents continuing threats to our security as well. even after the withdrawal of troops from iraq, we have maintained a substantial military presence in the middle east in order to deter aggression, respond to crisis, ensure regional stability in the face of historic unrest, and the continuing threats from iran. last week i visited some of our troops based in kuwait, part of a robust gulf posture that includes roughly 50,000 troops, dozens of ships, fighters, bombers, advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms. we are partnering closely with the gulf states to boost their capacity in critical areas such as missile defen
to spend at their businesses, and it would send a signal broadly that we can take action op things in the very least we request agree on. we sign those into laws, those tax cuts for the american people. tax rates return to what they were for the high income americans in the clinton era, when, while, i saw a prominent republican senator declare that raising taxes on wealthy americans would cause economic arm armageddon, we know from experience that that is actually not the case, and we know from the clinton budget in 1993 what the result of that budget deem -- deal was and the decisions made them. the result was the longest peacetime economic expansion in our lifetimes, and the result of it was a situation where president clinton inherited deficits and passed on to his successor budget surpluses. >> if you look at the debate right now from outside washington, it's very easy to see this looks like a version of the default crisis or the government shutdown crisis in which it plays down to the end, comes down to a deadline. both sides not just making positions, but campaigning in diffe
. are you examining the threat of action that hud can take to reduce the burdens on small phas? >> yes we are examining, particularly the burden reporting and regulatory burden on small phas and indeed, trying a couple things on a couple areas. one, as i said earlier i want to look at what we can do to streamline across the board two looking at systems to ask for it once, not in repettive ways, and when we ask for it it's information we'll use and not information we're not. we want the data collection to be as tight as possible. in addition regulatory relief to small agencies in particular some things we think make totally good sense from a property management and monitoring perspective. we want to take those not just for small agencies, but take them to scale because if they are good for small agencies doing real estate property management, then they are good for other larger agencies to do that same work as well. there's other issues we want to talk more with the committee and with small agencies what they nee
to the appropriate action and it is going to take the right kind of people in washington to get that done not those that come to obstruct. i understand that you have to stand for principle but this country has to move forward and the ideologically driven extremes, special-interest groups and others that are not willing to sit down and converse and find solutions or causing us to be stuck where we are. somebody said we are mutual. no, you can't be neutral. you're in reverse. if you aren't and forward your in reverse, you are losing ground. that i think is a temporary situation. the question is how long. i don't know. why am i optimistic? because we cannot continue this way. ultimately people will understand we cannot continue this way and hopefully is before the end of this year so that we don't go over the cliff. >> what is it like being a lame duck? >> well, first of all you are still in office. the lame-duck session is your almost like daffy duck if you are not careful. in the committee today to finish this job the very last day as the day i started with some and perfectly prepared and i want to
of the following actions do you believe do most of the country improve over the next couple of years? we read three separate approaches to this. number one was growing the economy and creating jobs. even to investments, even if that means continued deficits and tax increases. that was never one with 43%. most popular with democrats. growing the economy and creating jobs, tax cuts. even if that means continued deficits and cuts to services that was the second choice of 29%. most popular with republicans at 42, and training, reducing the federal deficit even if it means both tax increases and cuts to services, least popular and that was across the board with democrats, independents and republicans. >> thinking about some other actions that could be taken, which of the following which he believed would do the most to improve the country over the long term, say, the next 10 to 20 years, that longer horizon. interesting here, making education more affordable, acceptable and rub it to today's job market number one. 30%. then, promoting american manufacturing and industrial innovation at 17. providing and
notified of the senate's action and the senate will resume legislative session. the presiding officer: the senator from delaware. mr. coons: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: i ask that the calling of the quorum be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. grassley: mr. president, i'd like to speak. the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: we've been hearing a lot about the so-called bush tax cuts from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. given the rhetoric being used by some on the other side to describe this tax relief, i would like to take this time to correct the record. but first during this talk about the fiscal cliff and about the tax cuts that sunset at the end of the year, all we've been hearing since the election is about what are we going to do about taxes? that's a very significant thing as a result of the last election because i think it's a foregone conclusion there's going to be more revenue raised. but
understanding that you are not going to seek action on it now, it is simply to file it? mr. coats: that is my intention. mr. leahy: thank you. mr. coats: the senator from vermont is correct. i don't intend to take any action on this now. i know there are events planned for tonight. we are in the middle of a mourning for our colleague as well. but i systemly wanted to explain for the record -- but i simply wanted to explain for the record what it is we're attempting to do here. all of us are sensitive to the pain and the damage incurred by those in the northeast due to the catastrophic -- clearly catastrophic record-proportion hurricane that hit that sector of our country just weeks ago. and clearly that is something that falls in the category of an emergency, it goes beyond the ability of state and local jurisdictions to address with their own resources. they will participate in the recovery -- and they have. it's remarkable in this country virtually no state, no senator can stand and sumly say, well, we haven't been touched and not understand the need for the response that comes from disaste
's not necessarily good for people that have lost their homes, lost their businesses and without quick action from congress and robust, definitive, comprehensive support from the federal government, these individuals, these communities will not be able to recover. and i am living testimony as a senator from one of the state's hardest hit in recent memory from a natural disaster to really to be able to testify as almost an eyewitness -- as an eyewitness of what happened in the aftermath of hurricanes katrina and what is possible in this recovery for hurricane sandy. it's been over seven weeks since hurricane sandy claimed the lives of more than 130 americans, destroying -- and i want to correct the record -- 340,000 homes and 200,000 businesses. just to put that in comparison, in hurricane katrina which primarily hit south louisiana and mississippi, we lost 275,000 homes. this is 340,000 homes that have been destroyed. more than hurricanes katrina and rita. and 200,000 businesses, substantial many more businesses than hurricanes katrina and rita -rblgs where we lost about 18,000 businesses. part of
's highest military medal for action in italy. as a member of the senate, senator inouye continued his fierce defense of his state in his partnership with alaska. my preye predecessor, ted steve, knew senator inouye as his brother. they worked together and produced much good for both our states. that will last for generations. when i was elected to this office, senator inouye was one of the first members to reach out to me to ask how he could help. the unique thing about senator inouye was always his quiet approach to all the issues. he provided me quiet advice and helped me learn how this place works. many times i'd be down here at the podium and in the well here waiting for the vote to be tallied or members to vote, and snon senator inouye was come in, stand at the edge there and look up and just say, how's it going, alaska? and we would have a brief conversation and usually his words were land incredible insight -- it may not even be relevant to the topic that we were voting on, but he'd say something to me about something he knew i was working on. and he would just share a few words. i kn
appropriate care so that someday he isn't watching with horror on the television as the tragic actions of his child unfold. we think of the story shared online of the mother in idaho terrified that her own son has the capacity to kill some day. and yet, without the ability to give him the intensive medical care, treatment and intervention she believes he needs. across this country, mental health care is a growing challenge for us, between 2009 and 2011, states cut more than $2 billion from community mental health services. two-thirds of states have significantly slashed funding in these difficult economic times leaving parents seeking help for their mentally ill children often with nowhere to turn. mr. president, we must do better for all these parents, the parents who lost their children at sandy hook elementary, the parents who lost their children who were teachers and faculty, the parents of those who are first responders and families who struggle with children with mental illnesses and mental health problems. frankly this week, i also think about parents all over our country who have lost
in united states courts and do not confer private rights of action enforceable in the united states. these provisions of the resolution of advice and consent establish important parameters for u.s. succession to the convention. they give effect to the intent of the senate that joining the convention will not require any changes in united states laws and policies with regard to the disabled either now or in the future.and will not provide a br lawsuits in the united states courts. such matters will continue to be governed solely by united states laws. now, it is my hope that these provisions in the resolution of advise and consent will provide assurance to members who may be concerned that joining the convention can somehow confer new rights on disabled persons in particular areas or the convention can be used to require the united states to change its laws or policies with respect to the disabled. with these provisions, the united states can join the convention as an expression -- an expression -- of our leadership on disability rights without ceding any of our ability to decide for
, with no intervening action or debate, and that any statements relating to the measure be printed at the appropriate place in the records a if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. whitehouse: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today it adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on wednesday, december 5, 2012. that following the prayer and pledge, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the morning hour deemed expired, and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day. that following leader remarks the senate be in a period of morning business for up to four hours with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each except where noted below and the time be divided as follows. the majority controlling the first 30 minutes, the republicans controlling the next 30 minutes. senator grassley controlling the next 45 minutes. the majority controlling the next 45 minutes. the republicans controlling the next 45 minutes. and the majority controlling the following 45 minutes. and that following morning business the s
that don't depend on congressional action. one idea is an idea that i've endorsed with the minority media and telecommunications counsel, and that is increasing capital to -- more foreign investment in u.s. broadcast holding come with. currently broadcasting is the only industry where the fcc maintains a 25% cap which inadvertently limits the amount of capital in u.s. broadcasters, minority broadcasters in particular can get. secondly, i endorse in september what i call an am radio revitalization initiative. minority broadcasters in particular are disproportionate in the am band and it's been 21 years since we revisited our rule of the sec. so one of things i like it is revitalize the band but can't figure if there are any rules which inadvertently not, you know, stand in the way of greater minority ownership on the radio side. thank you, mr. chairman for your indulgence. >> a quick comment. >> if i understand, mr. chairman, that you haven't allocated the funds for this study speak as well, there's a steady -- >> to meet that standard. >> there's a steady ongoing which with allocated subs
of powers, protecting the rights of consumers and protecting unrepresented class members in class action settlements. he's argued 20 cases in the supreme court including victories in virginia state board of pharmacy for virginia citizens' consumer council making commercial speech subject to the first amendment -- thank you -- and in infv chad da as a violate of separation of powers. he has previously taught at harvard, nyu, stand 230rd, hawaii and american university law schools. he's a member of the american academy of appellate lawyers and was its president from 1999-2000. he's a graduate of yale university and the harvard law school, served as a commissioned officer in the u.s. navy and was an assistant u.s. attorney in new york. please welcome alan morrison. [applause] >> thank you, roger. i also have the distinction of two things. one, i read and commented on stuart and rick's book. i don't want to get any medal of honor for that. my name is in the acknowledgments, i found it today, so nobody's come after me yet. laugh and if you think it's insend yea -- incendiary now, you should h
notified of the senate's action. the senate shall resume legislative session. mr. reid: madam president, i now ask unanimous consent that at 1:30 p.m. today, the senate proceed to the consideration of s. 3664, which is a bill regarding debt limit increase, the text of which is at the desk, that there be no amendments in order to the bill, that there be up to ten minutes of debate equally divided between the two leaders or their designees, that upon the use or yielding back of that time, the bill be read a third time, the senate proceed to passage of s. 3664. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. mcconnell: madam president, reserving the right to object. what we're talking about here is a perpetual debt ceiling grant in effect to the president. matters of this level of controversy always require 60 votes. so i would ask my friend, the majority leader, if he would modify his consent agreement to set the threshold for this vote at 60. mr. reid: madam president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: reserving the right to object, but what we have here is a case of repu
deterioration threat, situations in general on a basis for the action. let me just point out that it was clear in benghazi that the security was deteriorating. may be nonspecific threats. we didn't have information about that. that was also clear. we also knew that the local security team was not 100% reliable. that was known. and yet, the security details that we had in benghazi as the report points out was inadequate. so i would like you to expand more on how we are going to institutionalize careful attention so that we do not allow situations such like benghazi to occur in the future. you can't eliminate all threats, we know that, but we also understand there was not adequate security at the benghazi facility, based upon the deteriorating circumstances. how do we institutionalize that careful attention to make sure that in those types of dangerous assignments that we have adequate security? i want to add one more thing. ambassador stevens new libya perhaps better than any other american. his judgment will never be second guessed. but it's important that in dangerous posts that there be more
people have been so frustrated with the gridlock that has prevented action on so many issues facing our nation. well, for the most part, you do not see that kind of stalemate on our committee, and that is a tribute to the leadership of joe lieberman. that reputation for our committee of accomplishment and bipartisanship is the work of many hands, but joe lieberman's finger prints are all over it. joe has always based his leadershipship on his unwavering belief that the great challenges that america faces, such as combatting terrorism, putting our fiscal house in order, and defending freedom transcend party lines. the success that our committee has achieved in helping to safeguard our nation is the result of that nonpartisan, some might say independent spirit that guides him. and those successes are many. from the landmark intelligence reform and terrorist prevention act to providing the tools that strengthen our first responders to our extensive investigations into the flawed response to hurricane katrina, the fatal communication failures in the fort hood terrorism case, and our current
disabled. his actions on 21, april, 1945, in italy were a towering example of strength, of stamina, courage and determination. for which he received one of the 21 medals of honor awarded to go for broke soldiers. dan inouye and other veterans returned from war having achieved something monumental, something, as we say, larger than themselves. and they sensed they had earned the right to take larger roles in their communities. they also came home tolerant of views and politics different than their own, a sentiment born of the intolerance they had experienced after pearl harbor but more keenly felt after the horrors they witnessed in liberating dakow. and they understood the importance of good citizenship, of fair play, hard work, of respect for others and for other flag. for our flag. i had relatives who, like dan inouye, served in these storied units. characteristic of them all was rarely if ever speaking about what they had done in the war. and from them my generation learned to find virtue and humility and a nobility of hard work and the value of family and the can confidence that we -- a
with the actions, recent actions with the speaker with his so-called plan "b," a plan "b" that would do nothing to make a significant dent in the fiscal challenges. and i think many of us on our side and i imagine many on the republican side will realize that that is not an approach that will get us where we need to go. there have been many of us in this body who have been working on this issue for a number of years. i think many of the american public is growing fairly tired of hearing about the fiscal cliff and why this has all come about and why all of a sudden are we only now focusing on this issue. the fact is our nation has been on an unsustainable fiscal path for some time. we are currently $16 trillion in debt. and every day that we do nothing, we add $3 billion in debt to that total. debt that at one point will have to be paid by our grandchildren tass' gotten large -- as it's gotten larger by our children. in reality those of us in this body have to deal with right now and start paying. as we look at this debt there is nothing that is self-correcting. time alone will not solve this pr
values that make this country great, which are, are we a nation which the action of your birth does not overly determined the outcome of your life where everyone has an opportunity to rise, are we a nation with economic growth strengthens the middle class and creates a more room for the poor and others who want to work their way up? and, three, are we creating an economy where those who work hard and take responsibility can raise their children with dignity, work with dignity, retire with dignity? that's the ultimate test, the ultimate -- the ultimate of what we'll do. i believe there is no reason we should not be able to find common ground for a balanced, fair and pro-jobs and pro-growth budget agreement. no one on any side should ever aspire to go over the cliff or in any other way to do harm to our economy as a budget tactic or political strategy. those of us in petitions have responsibility, have an obligation to work together to find common ground, or at least painful but acceptable compromise that moves our nation forward. if we can pass a balanced agreement the president has
'm, a larger debate we dpleed to talk, the big issue is entitlement spending. that is where the action is. that is where the money is. . . and 2012. i am for continuing that could i think it would put money directly in the pockets of working families. i think that actually could help the economy. i'm very enthusiastic however that more spending through the measures enacted in 2009 would do much good. i don't think they did much good last time around. >> host: >> guest: i think a one-year deferral would be okay if the package looks good. i think the stimulus of $50 billion is a great idea, and the reason is because we still have the unemployment rate at 7.7%. which is very high by historical standards. the recovery is very fragile. they start raising revenue and cutting spending right now in a major way and do it in 2013 as opposed to doing it, but doing it more gradually and giving the economy a chance to recover that's not going to be good, and i really think we have to remember it isn't just our debt and deficit we have to worry about, it's the economy and if you want to create jobs, th
other congressional actions that have made a difference not only in massachusetts, but in this great country. these are all shared successes that i was proud to be part of each and every one of them. i have always said that in order to do our business as our country's leaders, we must do our work in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to ensure that the actions taken by congress benefit all americans. not just those of one political party or oneitical ideology. during my time here and now as i'm leaving, i have been and still am deeply concerned about the lack of bipartisan efforts to solve our country's most pressing economic challenges and in turn move our country forward. many times political party and personal gain is put before the needs of our country. i know we can do it better. the american people expect us to do it better. and as i leave, i challenge the leadership on both sides of the aisle to make the process more open and transparent. i challenge members to work with each other in a more open and honest manner. and i challenge the president and the congressional leadership to
legislative action to ensure access to the polls that a safe and fair and open electoral system remains a part or is a part, becomes a part of america's electoral future because our history suggests that in the absence of the determination and rigor. thanks for your testimony. >> what we ask representative cobb-hunter the following question and ii do know the answer but i want to hear your response. what is the big deal? if i am a writer on an airplane i have to show an ied and if i want to rent a car i have to show and all ied and sometimes to go to a presidential rowley i have to show an ied so what's the big deal showing them to vote for goodness sakes to make sure i am who i say? >> welcome a senator, we heard that question a lot in south carolina, and now i will tell you what the big deal is from my constituents. and all ied is something that is difficult to come by and the perspective is the rule and dealing with people who don't have documentations that might be necessary. it's important to note that the notion of an ied in and of itself is not a problem where we those of us and softer
'll begin consideration of h.r. 6156, the russia trade bill. we hope to complete action on this that bill today. madam president, across the country, americans are lamenting that lack of progress in negotiations to avoid a massive tax increase on middle-class families -- and i really share that frustration. consider yesterday's failure, the disabilities convention at the hands of the tea party. this shouldn't have been a battle, but extreme elements of the republican party picked a fight where there was nothing to fight about. 38 republicans voted against the convention, including several who are on record supporting it, even cosponsors of it. this treaty already ratified by 125 countries would hold foreign nations to the same high standard of treatment that the united states already maintains for people of disabilities. and it would sative american citizens traveling and working abroad, and that's hundreds of thousands of people right now. the treaty has the support of veterans groups, disability groups from around the country, virtually all of them. it wouldn't cost the taxpayers a sing
. president, i would hope that this is pretty much a no-brainer. it is a study, doesn't mandate any action, and it asks valid questions to which getting unbiased answers would be very helpful in our continuing work. that's why senator sherrod brown and i have come together in a bipartisan way to ask these questions. we have developed legislation mandating this g.a.o. study and we're trying to get what we consider should be very noncontroversial legislation passed before the end of the year. now, as it stand now, mr. president, we have cleared this legislation on the republican side. every republican member is perfectly willing to let this pass by unanimous consent. that process has just begun on the democratic side. i would urge all of my colleagues to follow sherrod brown's lead and to allow us to ask and get unbiased answers to these very legitimate questions. i urge everyone on that side to clear it themselves, to join us on our side in clearing it, so we can pass it through the senate and get this passed over in the house side, hopefully on the consent calendar, and we're already at wo
, the principal and the school psychologist who sprung into action and gave their lives, too. as the president said, these luminous acts of self-sacrificing love are the moments that will define this tragedy in the years ahead. because the heroism and the courage that we will never fail to see in the midst of tragedies like this become the starting point to something better and more lasting than the vagaries of this life. they give us the hope we need in the face of so much evil and sorrow. so we stand with the people of newtown today and in the days ahead. we can do nothing to lessen their anguish, but we can let them know that we mourn with them. that we share a tiny part of the burden in our own hearts, and that we will lift the victims and their families and the entire community in prayer. scripture says that while now we only know in part in the life to come we shall know even as we are known scripture also says in that day every tear will be wiped away because there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain for the former things will have passed away. may the people of newtown an
of a foreign power or an officer or employee of a foreign power. as i understand it, most of the actions to the f.a.a. relate to section 702 and would what we call incident ll -- incidental collection. i recommend again my colleagues review the unclassified f.a.a. background paper that was sent by the a.g. and by the d.n.i. to congress last february. that document was earlier made a part of the record at my request. this paper describes the f.a.a. authorities in some detail and it highlights the layers of yoamptd by all three branches -- oversight by all three branches of government. these oversight mechanisms are there primarily to protect u.s. persons, and i can tell you firsthand from my work on the intelligence committee on both the house and the senate side that it is sig russ oversight -- sig russ oversight. every -- vigorous oversight. every aspect is looked at closely by the executive branch, from the person them responsible for operating the system up through the man jeer natural chain of command to the relate vanities inspectors general and all the lawyers at in the division at
, including a conference or training curriculum, all actions we recommend. as was other areas we identified as critical to ensuring a for a's successful imitation of the high speed intercity passenger rail program. mr. chairman, this concludes my prepared statement. i will be happy to answer any questions you may have at this time. >> thank you. >> mr. chairman, members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the department of transportation's high speed intercity passenger rail program. as you know, this program was established to provide grants to states and others come to develop high speed intercity passenger rail corridors and projects. as of november almost 10 billion has been obligated for about 150 projects. projects range from multi-billion dollars high-speed rail systems like that in california to smaller projects designed to improve speed, frequency of conventional rail service. my testimony today will discuss her ongoing review of the california project. i am providing a preliminary observation on our work today, mostly related to project costs. but i will als
was action on new jersey. >> okay. [laughter] >> what i wanted to know was, what were the disruptions that you experienced and have your county officials managed them with poll worker training and recruitment because of sandy? >> there's definitely concern that poll workers might not show up on election day because we, we did know where they may be in the state, if they were displaced, there was this concern that they may not be coming, not even be able to get back to the polling place to work. counties lined up their backups an alternate poll workers. and then as farce training, for some of the changes, they put information in packets. and again, happening so close to the election you couldn't hold training class. so the counties did a phenomenal job in finding polling places and getting poll workers there. but it's a matter putting stuff in there, in their supply, additional provisional ballots because we knew we were going to allow them to vote anywhere in the state. so with those additional ballots being instructions, so it was not, enough time to any formal training unfortunately
actions? it's our responsibility in congress to hold the entire executive branch accountable. if we do not ask these questions, we're simply not doing our job. and that's true whether it's president obama or president bush or some other president. i hope we can adopt the wyden amendment to improve the reporting requirements of the fisa act. i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense amendment. with that, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from indiana. mr. coats: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of h.r. 1, for the purpose of calling up and debating the coats amendment. that following the remarks of senator coats, senator alexander be recognized, that the senate resume consideration of the fisa bill h.r. 5949 after that and all that provisions -- and that all provisions of the previous orders remain in effect. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. the clerk will report. mr. coats: i'd like to call -- the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 1, an act making appropriations for t
debating and wishing to take an action? it is very hard to hear. the presiding officer: the senator is correct. would the senate please be in order? the chair is determining which section the point of order lies against. the presiding officer: the senator from alabama is recognized. mr. sessions: to further extend my point of order, i would ask that both the budget point of order lie against both emergency sections that are contained in the bill. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: this is a budget point of order against this being an emergency. if you are a farmer or a rancher and your property or the property you rent from the b.l.m. --. the presiding officer: the senator from oregon is advised the point of order is not debatable. mr. merkley: i ask consent to complete 30 seconds of remarks. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: if you are a farmer or reanchg rancher saying this is not an emergency is cold comfort. saying it will be addressed in the farm bill is cold comfort. when your land is burned up, when you
to 25, roll call votes. in order to complete action on the fisa bill and on the supplemental appropriations bill. the senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for caucus meetings. additional votes in relation to executive nominations are possible today. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. the senate will proceed to the consideration of h.r. 5949, which the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 510, an act to extend the fisa amendments act of 2008 for five years. the presiding officer: under the previous order, -- the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. wyden: i ask unanimous consent to vacate the quorum call -- we're not in a quorum call. i ask unanimous consent to call up my amendment which is at the desk. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: the senator from oregon, mr. wyden for himself and others proposes amendment numbered 3439. at the end, add ad the following, section 5, report on the impact of the fisa amendments act of -- mr. wyden
why were not actions taken? i think there are further questions to make sure, number one, that not only what happened within the state department, but across agencies here. this is an issue where it's important that not only it was within the secretary of state with the department of defense issued that we talked about. and we have made a request from the chairman, to the chairman of the armed services committee, chairman levin, for a hearing before the armed services committee. we made that request this morning. so that we can have a full hearing before the committee to find out why we didn't have military assets in place and what the thinking was there. >> senator, as mentioned there will be a new defense secretary. it will be your friend and colleague, senator john kerry. i wonder if you and senator graham -- sorry. secretary of state. if you and senator graham could reflect on the appointment and what you seek him how you see his confirmation process playing out. >> first of all, we always believed that the president of the united states, by virtue of winning an elect
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